Alcohol and your Skin… Is it a good mix?

The scene is all too familiar; you're wiped out after a long day at the office. Factor in a couple of hours in traffic and all you want to do is pour yourself a nice glass of wine when you finally walk through the door. Maybe you'll even dig into that box of chocolates you've been daydreaming about all day. In theory, it's the perfect end to a sluggish day but in reality, it's the rocky path to a lifetime of stressed, tired skin. Of course, the odd glass of alcohol won't hurt, however, dry skin sufferers do more harm than good when they indulge in that temporarily satisfying glass of bubbly.

Ending the day with a small drink can be relaxing. But what are the effects of alcohol on the skin? Is it a good mix and is alcohol good for your skin and body? After all, alcohol can make you feel more relaxed...

To answer these questions, alcohol dilates the blood vessel in the skin. Every time you have a drink, the blood vessels will dilate and remain permanently dilated until they lose their tone. Excessive drinking will lead to the development of telangiectasias or chronic dilation of the capillaries and a permanent flushing on the face. Alcohol also worsens acne rosacea, a skin disorder that is characterised by redness, flushing, pus heads and pimply bumps and telangiectasias.
Alcohol also depletes the body of vitamin A, an important anti-oxidant.

In summary, the effects of alcohol on the skin are:

• May increase broken capillaries
• Aggravates acne rosacea
• Malnutrition
• Craving and loss of control
• Disrupts personal grooming and the results of corrective skin care

So if you’re anything like us and have enjoyed indulging in a few glasses of bubbly over the festive period, perhaps it’s your skin that now needs a helping hand and a bit of rejuvenation!!

At The Laser Lounge we specialise in skin rejuvenation using multiple treatment techniques, including medical grade IPL (Intense Pulse Light) to help with reducing these skin concerns such as broken capillaries and rosacea.

IPL emits a light energy that specifically targets and is absorbed by dilated blood vessels. This process allows the light to travel to the vascular structures of the skin, causing the blood to clot within the vessels and then be destroyed and absorbed by the skin. IPL will improve and reduce the redness and flushing appearance of the skin. Treatments will be required occasionally after the initial treatment course is completed, as rosacea is a skin condition that requires further maintenance.

IPL also stimulates natural collagen and elastin production in the active skin cells (fibroblasts), improving the skin’s overall texture and complexion. Skin rejuvenation treatments overall improve the skin’s colour and texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and minimises open pores.

So no need to feel like “Rudolph” now the festive period is over!!

Give us a call at The Laser Lounge and one of our Skin and Laser Specialists will assist you to achieve your skin care goals!

Please call 1300 963 962 for further information.

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